agp wrote:What I am saying does not contradict what I first said. You seem to think that I am unwilling and afraid to travel. What I said is I do not understand the appeal of (which, does not make me unwilling, does not make me afraid) traveling somewhere where no local will guide me. If no local will guide me, I will only see, in the most basic and literal meaning of the word, something different. Maybe travel to me is more than just seeing the surface of a place, but really learning about the place through more than just what meets the eye. I think traveling is about seeing, experiencing, and learning.
Do not confuse yourself with what I neither said nor implied.
I'm not confusing myself with anything. The point I'm trying to make is that you don't see any point in visiting a place that you are not accustomed to yet you want to explore on a deeper level, but you don't want to because you don't know anything about the place and/or you don't know anyone who can guide you. How does that make sense? So from what you are saying, you better know a hellova lot of people all around the world if you want to travel anywhere anytime soon! Also, I know you didn't mean it the way it is written, but it is nobody's job to show you around. People who do that for a living are called tour guides... As I and a few others have noted previously, try A) researching and B) ask the local people (you keep glossing over this suggestion, which made me believe you were hesitant).
My definition of traveling is trying something new. Being adventurous, regardless of the info I have (or lack thereof ). The minimal Japanese I know how to speak, I learned by traveling across Japan on my own and learning from the locals I befriended. How do I know where the best surf spots are in Au? By talking to complete strangers that inhabit the place, also known as locals. Ya get what I'm saying? You don't need to know anyone personally to know what's good.